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The University of Arkansas is a four-year, public research institution located in Fayetteville, and the flagship institution of the University of Arkansas System. The university was founded in 1971 as a land grant institution and the state’s first university, and has since grown into a comprehensive institution with a 2011-2012 enrollment of 23,199 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. The University of Arkansas is ranked No. 67 among the nation’s top public universities, and also has nationally ranked graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law, and more, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Carnegie Foundation has classified the University of Arkansas as having “very high research activity.” In addition to offering high-quality programs on campus, the University of Arkansas also offers distance education through its Global Campus to better serve its diverse student body.

Programs Offered

The University of Arkansas offers a broad range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and research and professional practice doctorates. Undergraduate majors are available in a variety of areas, including: the arts and sciences; agricultural, food, and life sciences; architecture; business; education and health professions; and engineering. The Sam M. Walton College of Business is particularly renowned and has led to the university’s ranking of No. 51 among the nation’s best business schools and the ranking of No. 47 for its part-time MBA program, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition to offering popular programs in accounting, economics, finance, supply chain management, and more, the business school holds coveted accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). Using the popular course management system Blackboard, the University of Arkansas’ Global Campus offers 18 graduate programs online and even offers an online bachelor’s degree completion program in human resource development. Its online graduate degree program in engineering was ranked highly for faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and student engagement and accreditation.


The University of Arkansas has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1924. Many individual programs offered by the university, such as its programs in law, clinical psychology, nursing, and more, hold specialized accreditation from various accrediting bodies, which students can verify on College Navigator.


Undergraduate applicants to the University of Arkansas who would like begin classes in the fall are encouraged to get their application in before Nov. 1, the early admissions deadline. However, regular fall applications won’t be accepted until Aug. 1, according to the university website. First-time freshmen will need to submit a completed application; pay a $40 application fee; submit official high school transcripts showing class rank, cumulative GPA, and courses taken; and official ACT and/or SAT scores. Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA, have completed all 16 core academic units, and have an ACT score of 20 or higher or a SAT score of 930 or higher are automatically admitted. Graduate applicants must submit a completed application, submit two official transcripts from every college or university previously attended, submit official GRE or MAT scores (if required by department), and submit all other materials required by the particular graduate department, which may include letters of recommendation, a statement of interest, or an application for assistantship. Graduate applicants must eventually show that they have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree before they will be admitted to any graduate program. See here for further information on the graduate application process.


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